In a comic strip that appears regularly in the Sunday newspaper, a man is greeted by his wife as he arrives home. He is obviously frazzled and exhausted, spent from the day's demands. He offers this confession, "I tried to seize the day, but it fought back." Life is often a wrestling match, overpowering us to the position that our shoulders are pinned to the mat, down for the count. It is helpful to remember that above us will always be the door to the kingdom and our hope for a new day in the morning.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.